PowerShell to Replace the Command Prompt

Slashdot has an article indicating that Microsoft Replaces Command Prompt with PowerShell in Latest Windows 10 Build the push to PowerShell from the Command Line is starting to happen. This won’t be all that important to many computer users but it will be critical for computer specialists.

The PowerShell and the Command Line are text screens wherein many useful functions involving setups, configurations, and general maintenance can be efficiently achieved. The move to PowerShell is going to force a lot of changes that aren’t necessary.

While the PowerShell is extremely powerful, it uses a radically different approach it its command structure and the commands that are used.

Here is an example. Lets say I want to know what the total file size usage is the the G:\test directory. I want the total for ALL of the subdirectories as well.

In the Command Line:
DIR G:\test /s

To do that with the PowerShell:
Get-ChildItem g:\test -recurse | measure-object -property length -sum

Do you notice a little more typing? Don’t get me wrong. There are some incredible things that you can do with PowerShell that very useful for computer professionals. Here is one of my favorites (it is in a script):
cd hkcu:

cd hkcu:
cd software
cd microsoft
cd windows
cd CurrentVersion
cd Run

The above code fragment returns a list of all RUN items from the registry. In other words, a list of tasks that start every time Windows starts.

As a business person, what does it mean to you? There is going to be a learning process and your computer people are going to be very grumpy. The Microsoft philosophy of we can stuff this nice new feature, that many don’t want, down their throats is still alive and well.

If you are computer specialist, start learning PowerShell. From one pro to another, we know just what an ugly mess Redmond is creating for some ivory tower egg-head’s latest computer science dissertation.

Windows 10 Full Screen Ads on Lockscreen

Slashdot is reporting that:

“Windows 10 has now started showing full screen ads on users’ lock screens…”

The article is nice enough to tell users how to turn off that garbage:

Follow these steps to disable Windows Spotlight:
Open the Start Menu and search for “Lock Screen Settings.”; Under “Background,” select either Picture or Slideshow, instead of Windows Spotlight.

Microsoft really wants angry users. They are going to push every opportunity to use people’s bandwidth to sell product. I believe that alternate operating systems accessing web apps will eventually eliminate the Microsoft issues. Until that day, we will have to do our best to avoid “upgrading” to Windows 10, where possible.